Baron the Stallion by AuntDot

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Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D

This beautiful English Shire horse is the star attraction at the New England Shire Centre in Ocala, Florida. He is gorgeous and huge! The farm offers tours and tractor-pulled wagon rides where you can see, interact, and feed carrots to the resident horses, all English Shires, currently numbering about 35. It is a lot of fun!

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I’m adding this photo to show how large this horse is. That’s me, and I’m 5 ft. 3 in. tall.

The New England Shire Centre in Ocala, Florida, is one of the largest English Shire Farms in the world. According to their brochure: The Shire is the largest breed of horses in the world, averaging over 17 hands tall and sometimes reaching over 19 hands and 3000 pounds. Black with white stockings and a blaze on the face is the classic image, but nowadays Shires also come in bays and greys with the white markings. The Shire is a good and faithful worker in agriculture and commerce and has been said to be a synonym for strength, constitution, energy, and endurance. They are docile and kind, but have personality to spare and a strong desire to form a genuine partnership with the people who handle them. They are used for every discipline a horse can be used for, from logging, commercial carriage driving, dressage to trail riding. There are less than 4000 Shires in the world. They are becoming a near extinct breed of horse.

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous, he looks like a Clydesdale (spelling?)

  • Yup, he is a Draft horse like the Clydesdale, but a different breed. I don’t know much about horses, but this is a BIG one! Did you see the photo of me (to the right) standing next to him? I’d need a ladder to get on him, not that I would!

    – AuntDot

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 3 years ago

    2 good

  • Thank you, Bobby. I’m glad you like it!

    – AuntDot

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    He’s gorgeous. Nice one of you too. A fave.

  • Thanks so much, Judy. I never like pictures of me, but I had to post this to show how big this guy is!

    – AuntDot

  • Christina Backus
    Christina Backusover 3 years ago

    He is magnificent Dot! What a wonderful experience to share a moment with this beautiful chap.

  • He was quite impressive, but all the Shires were impressive. Thanks, Christina!

    – AuntDot

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 3 years ago

    very beautiful shot

  • Thank you so much, Antanas. Glad you like it!

    – AuntDot

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Wow that is one fine looking horse, look at that beautiful shiny coat, brilliant capture Dot. Lovely to see his size, you are taller than I am

  • Thank you, Andrea! Nice to find someone shorter than I am! Actually, my mother-in-law was 4 ft. 11 in., and both of her sons are six feet!

    – AuntDot

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    l think l am in love lol ! gorgeous boy and shot Dot

  • Thanks very much, Trudi. He was so big that I was a little intimidated, but the Shires are very friendly, plus his owner was holding him. He, he….

    – AuntDot

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    nice shot

  • Thanks very much, Sylvia!

    – AuntDot

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    Fantastic Work

  • Thanks much, Kathy!

    – AuntDot

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 3 years ago

    Wow – and look at the shine on that coat! Well done, Dot!

  • Thanks, Monnie. Yes, he has a beautiful shiny coat!

    – AuntDot

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